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Kentucky Lake Historical Photos

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We are always amazed at historical photos that we come across from time to time.  These are no exception.  Some of these are from the Kentucky Dam Visitor's Center while others have unknown origins.  Enjoy!

Old Gilbertsville
Above:  Aerial of Gilbertsville, photo dated August 30, 1938. Kentucky Dam was built here. Photo source unknown.

Old Gilbertsville
Above:  Gilbertsville with work beginning on Kentucky Dam (coffer dams visible near RR bridge and island)
Photo dated January 1940. Photo source unknown. 

Old Gilbertsville
Above:  Looking north toward Gilbertsville and the RR bridge. Photo source unknown and dated August 30, 1938.

Old Gilbertsville
Above:  Gilbertsville on the banks of the Tennessee River. Photo source unknown, dated August 30, 1938.

Old Gilbertsville
Above:  Downtown Gilbertsville. Photo source unknown.

Old Gilbertsville
Above:  Train crossing the Tennessee River at Gilbertsville. Source unknown.

Gilbertsville RR bridge before Kentucky Dam was created.  Note the river appears to be flooded.  Date unknown. Source TVA.

Above:  Hwy 58 (Main Street) Birmingham, Kentucky, which is now inundated. Source TVA.

Kentucky Dam construction. Source TVA

Brandon's Mill on Blood River in Calloway County before the lake was impounded. Source TVA.

Workers clear the Kentucky Lake reservoir, circa early 1940s. Source TVA.

Train crossing Kentucky Dam. The first train crossed in November 1944. Source TVA.

Construction of the lock at Kentucky Dam. Source TVA.

Probably the most impressive photo, provided by TVA.

Kentucky Dam Construction at night. You can see the turbines at the left of the photo. Source TVA. 

The original plans for Kentucky Dam. 

Beaver Dam Outlook
Photo by Melodie Cunningham

The view from the top of this beaver dam shows a Kentucky Lake inlet in late spring. An inlet like this one is habitat to a variety of exciting wildlife and plants just waiting to be explored!